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Open your calendar and mark this one down: Wednesday, September 17, 2014. It’s the date for the Walter Kaitz Foundation’s 31st Annual Fundraising Dinner, dedicated to advancing diversity in and around the cable industry.

The Kaitz Dinner unites leaders from the television, media, internet and technology communities in a memorable evening of socializing, dining, entertainment and support for cable’s unmatched commitment to diversity.

We invite you to attend our exclusive event at New York’s Marriott Marquis to experience a meaningful and special event. Make your plans now to be there as we come together to move diversity forward across every dimension of the cable & telecommunications industry. Mark your calendar for September 17, 2014.

We can’t wait to see you at The Kaitz Dinner.

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2014 Conference Investors ForumThe Minority Media and Telecommunications Council is dedicated to improving opportunity for minority and women entrepreneurs. At this year’s Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference, MMTC held an Investors Forum to educate budding and established entrepreneurs on investment opportunities that could benefit their businesses. The discussion centered on creative capital and the latest developments in angel investing venture capital, crowd funding, vendor funding, and audience aggregation.

Due to the vast array of information presented, the unofficial theme of the forum could have been “All the aspects of investment and financing entrepreneurs should know.” Dr. Anna-Maria Kovacs, Visiting Senior Policy Scholar from the Georgetown University Center for Business and Public Policy, revealed important characteristics of minority markets and outlined the shape and scope of the opportunities for investment. Her presentation also made the business case for investing in minority enterprises, discussing the steady climb of minority buying power and population growth. [click to continue…]

Online LearningLet’s face it: There is no silver bullet to closing the educational achievement gap. Students’ needs are as varied as their backgrounds, cultures, socio-economic status, unique family situations, and individual learning abilities. How do we simultaneously raise the nation’s overall educational standard so that we remain globally competitive, while closing the vast educational gaps that exist between different communities within our own borders?

The solution may lie in the capabilities of online learning to deliver customized curricula to fulfill our students’ unique educational needs. [click to continue…]

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition yesterday released a statement by Founder and President Rev. Jesse Jackson regarding recent attacks against nearly 50 civil rights organizations for their position in the Open Internet proceeding.

Jesse JacksonWashington, DC (August 11, 2014) – Over the last few weeks, almost all of the nation’s leading national civil rights organizations, including the NAACP, National Urban League, the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC), LULAC and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, have been unfairly attacked by progressive and conservative media outlets for their stance on the Federal Communications Commission’s open Internet proceeding. One blog post went as far as to suggest that national civil rights organizations are acting as “shills” and “sell outs” to the interests of large corporations. As a leader of one of the civil rights groups under attack, I find these labels to be highly offensive, inciting and creating deeper divisions between social justice groups and advocates who are working toward the same goals of social justice and equity.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose name has been loosely referenced in many of these articles, always strived for civility. In the face of the most contentious racial and economic debates, Dr. King always maintained dignity. Even when he delivered what would be his most controversial speech decrying the Vietnam War, he upheld the core values of compassion, suggesting that much is to be gained by understanding rather than denouncing the opposition. [click to continue…]

Washington, D.C. (August 7, 2014): The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) strongly refutes recent media attacks on nearly 50 minority organizations’ stance in the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet proceeding. A complete lack of journalistic integrity and fact checking has spawned this misguided attack against our organization and dozens of other national minority organizations. These recent posts are false, and we believe they subtly embrace coarse racial stereotypes.

By way of background, a number of online publications have picked up on two unfortunate posts by Lee Fang in the Republic Report that make multiple inaccurate statements and accuse MMTC and nearly 50 other national minority organizations who filed Comments in the FCC’s Open Internet proceeding (available here, here, and here) of “selling out” the Internet and being paid to take our position in this rulemaking. Notably, these allegations are being made only against minority organizations. Here are the facts: [click to continue…]

Recently, Republic Report posted two articles (here and here) containing 16 false and misleading assertions. Other publications have reposted the articles without confirming their accuracy. We are setting the record straight with this point-by-point rebuttal.

True FalseThe Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) and dozens of other national minority organizations were recently attacked in two articles that were posted on Republic Report. Subsequently, these articles spread to several other online publications, some of whom further exaggerated the original stories’ false assertions.

Below is a summary of the 16 false, misleading, unsupported, and in some instances racially stereotypical statements made in the articles.

July 25, 2014, Article (“Leading Civil Rights Group Just Sold Out on Net Neutrality”)

  1. “[S]omething close to half of the entire civil rights establishment just sold out the Internet.”

MISLEADING. Virtually all (and not just “close to half”) of the national minority organizations opposed Title II reclassification, favoring Section 706 regulation instead. Thus the article incorrectly suggests the equivalence of both sides. Further, the suggestion that dozens of national minority organizations would “sell out” their own people is a racial stereotype dating to Reconstruction and has, until now, generally been deployed only by segregationists and other race-baiters. [click to continue…]

Thank You from MMTC!

by mmtcbbsj on August 2, 2014

MMTC would like to thank you again – whether you were a panelist, honoree, attendee, or sponsor – for your help in making MMTC’s 12th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference a resounding success!

Once again, we are delighted to report that the conference was a resounding success with 316 registrants, hundreds of online views, and an extended reach through industry news. The Conference was featured in articles published in Comm Daily, Broadcasting and Cable, TR Daily, Inside Radio, Broadband Breakfast, Multichannel News, and Politic365.

Please enjoy the hundreds of photos of all sessions of the conference and share them with your friends and colleagues. All sessions were also recorded and are available online.

MMTC Access to Capital Conference Thank You Eblast2014

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, telecommunications and broadband industries, and closing the digital divide. MMTC is generally recognized as the nation’s leading advocate for minority advancement in communications.

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At the 12th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference, the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council will bestow our highest honors upon key leaders, companies, and firms who have made exceptional contributions to diversity and inclusion in the media and telecom industries.

Don’t miss it – online registration closes TODAY, July 25th, at 6:00!

*The entire image below links to MMTC’s conference website. Click here for a PDF version.

MMTC 2014 Conference Eblast - All Awards w Detailed Agenda

Washington, D.C. (July 24, 2014): The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) applauds the Federal Communications Commission’s progress to remove barriers to participation in waiving regulations that discourage small business participation in wireless spectrum auctions in support of the FCC’s Order on Grain Management’s Request for Clarification or Waiver of Section 1.2110(b)(3)(iv)(A) of the Commission’s Rules – an open proceeding that was subject to notice and comment.

This week, the FCC voted to approve a qualified small business (Designated Entity, or DE) waiver of the Attributable Material Relationship (AMR) rule for the upcoming AWS-3 and other auctions. The rule, last considered in 2006, limits small businesses’ ability to lease spectrum to other businesses – even if the spectrum was not acquired through the Designated Entity program.

For the past four years, MMTC, along with a broad coalition of civil rights and small business advocacy groups, has urged the FCC to eliminate the AMR rule in its entirety because it impedes a DE’s ability to create flexible business plans and access the capital necessary to participate in FCC spectrum auctions. With zero Designated Entity participation in the FCC’s recent sale of H-Block licenses, MMTC lauds the Commission for its decision to grant a very timely waiver to Grain Communications and similarly situated companies.

“On Wednesday, the Commission took a step in the right direction by enabling greater, near-term participation by small businesses in the upcoming AWS-3 auction and in the secondary markets,” stated David Honig, MMTC President. “The communications marketplace has changed profoundly, and we hope to see the AMR rule revisited as the Commission undertakes a more formal review of the overall DE program in its upcoming proceeding.”

In line with Congress’s mandate to advance small business participation in wireless auctions, the FCC’s decision to engage Designated Entities in November’s AWS-3 auction will increase their participation in wireless spectrum ownership.

“Fostering competition, economic development, and services should be a critical focus of the nation,” stated Cliff Stearns, former Member of Congress (R-FL) and Co-Chair of MMTC’s New Internet and Telecom Policy Task Force. “The Designated Entity program can significantly support new entrants to this marketplace, as well as smaller incumbents whose needs for access to capital are more pronounced than their competitors’.”

Criticism of the program by some FCC and congressional leaders is unfortunate. Like others, MMTC provided input on the clarification of the AMR Rule during the public comment and reply periods that closed in April of this year. MMTC asked that the AMR rule be waived for all DEs or reviewed on a case-by-case basis. MMTC also urged the FCC to allow firms to retain their status as Designated Entities when entering into lease, resale, or wholesale agreements – one of the major regulatory impediments facing small businesses.

“As an association that represents a range of tech entrepreneurs and small businesses, we look forward to the FCC’s DE proceeding to better understand how to engage more of our members, especially as wireless becomes the new broadcasting,” stated Dr. Nsenga Burton, Executive Director of the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs (NAMDE). “The DE issue has become very important to us as wireless has become the communications lifeline for many communities.”

MMTC is hopeful that Congress will continue to support the FCC’s efforts to promote the innovation economy, and foster small business participation in commercial wireless – one of the nation’s most influential and important industries.

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About MMTC:

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) is a non-partisan, national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, telecommunications and broadband industries, and closing the digital divide. MMTC is generally recognized as the nation’s leading advocate for minority advancement in communications.

The FCC‘s Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO) will host a Supplier Diversity Conference and Workshop focusing on private sector business opportunities for small, minority, and women-owned businesses. This important event will be held at the FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 10:30 am until 4:30 pm in the Commission Meeting Room.

OCBO has invited representatives from private industry, specifically telecommunications and technology firms from across the country to discuss their organizations’ contracting procedures and provide insight on how small businesses should navigate the procurement process generally.

*The entire image below links to the FCC’s conference website. Click here for a PDF version.  [click to continue…]